The Unsolved Casefile: Who Killed Dominic Young, Jr.?

Posted at 7:24 AM, March 22, 2021 and last updated 1:06 PM, June 14, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (SCRIPPS) — “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference,” Christine Anderson recited.

She was reading the Serenity Prayer, prominently hung on the wall of her living room. On her hardest days, she repeats those words to herself. It’s a prayer she learned with her 9-year-old son, Dominic “DJ” Young, Jr.


“He was a child of God. I know that for a fact,” Anderson said. Serenity has been hard for Anderson to find since January 20, 2018. On that Saturday night, DJ was riding in his father’s car, heading home from a day of fun at a skating rink. His dad told police they were caught in the middle of a gunfight at 71 Highway and Cleaver Blvd. He didn’t realize his third-grade son had been hit. DJ later died at the hospital.

Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest in Young’s death. If you know anything, call 816-474-TIPS.

This story was originally published on June 24, 2018 by Cat Reid of KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri. It has been modified and edited to relay current information as of March 22, 2021.